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Ingrid Michaelson Becomes Marilyn, Bowie, Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Lennon, and Gene Simmons: VIDEO


Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson channels the public personas of seven famous musicians in her new video "Blood Brothers", with the help of hair and make-up artist Brian Hennings.

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Posted May. 23,2012 at 8:42 PM EST by in Ingrid Michaelson, Music, Music Video, News | Permalink | Comments (7)

Obama LGBT Video Narrated by Jane Lynch Caps Outreach Effort Launched Today: VIDEO


A new video from the Obama campaign narrated by Jane Lynch highlights the President's LGBT accomplishments from the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to hate crimes, to why he supports marriage equality. The video also looks forward at what’s at stake for the LGBT community in this election.

LgbtobamaThe video caps a major outreach to LGBT voters launched today which includes a new 'LGBT Americans for Obama' website which you can visit HERE.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier today on a conference call, the Obama campaign  noted that LGBT Americans for Obama is launching with trainings, phone banks and house parties in a number of states including Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada and Michigan. Grassroots LGBT volunteers will organize neighborhood by neighborhood and block by block, talking to their friends, family and coworkers.

Said LGBT Vote Director Jamie Citron:

“To kick off our efforts yesterday, in honor of Harvey Milk Day, OFA held LGBT focused voter registration drives across the country. Harvey was a strong believer in the power of the ballot box, a belief that President Obama also shares. The President knows the importance of making sure our voices are heard in November and to that end we will continue to make voter registration and volunteer recruitment a top priority through Pride month and into the fall.”

HRC President Joe Solmonese was on the call, and wearing two hats, as MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner notes. Solmonese is one of the co-chairs for the campaign for President Obama's re-election.

Solmonese responded generally, talking about collective decision-making regarding priorities, but did specifically mention the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as "landmark issues" that remain to be addressed.

"One of the things I've really been inspired by the president and the administration -- and this goes back to the days that we met with them in the transition offices before we were in the White House, and quite frankly, it goes back to during the campaign in the general election -- one of the things that was always clear to me, and it came from the president, was that the agenda was really a collective conversation between the president and the administration, us as a community and our allies on Capitol Hill in the House and the Senate," he said. "And that collective agreement and collective sense of where we were had everything to do with why we moved hate crimes first, we moved 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' second. So, I think that collective understanding of where we're going is how we're really going to shape the agenda for the next administration.

"Obviously, we have landmark issues that we need to continue to address, continue to move on, like the repeal of DOMA, like the passage of a fully inclusive ENDA.

More at MetroWeekly...

Watch the new Obama LGBT video narrated by Jane Lynch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 23,2012 at 6:03 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Gay Rights, Jane Lynch, News | Permalink | Comments (33)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1131

IN YOUR PHONE: The best video ever about your accelerometer.

WTF: New Zealand comes out against anti-gay bullying.

BRANDON MORGAN: Brett Edward Stout catches up with the gay Marine in the 'homecoming' photo.

JUDGE JUDY: On family and marriage, from an episode of The View last week.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted May. 23,2012 at 5:42 PM EST by in Bullying, New Zealand, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)

Colin Powell Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage: VIDEO


Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell told Wolf Blitzer today in an interview that he backs Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage:

"I have no problem with it...As I’ve thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones, and they are as stable a family as my family is, and they raise children. And so I don’t see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married."


Posted May. 23,2012 at 5:31 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (28)

News: Zebra, Brad Pitt, USS Harvey Milk, Robin Gibb, Ahman Green

RoadWhite House LGBT Pride Celebration set for June 15.

RoadVatican newspaper editor accused of smearing rival writer with rumors of gay affair: "The alleged plot has been revealed in a controversial new book that portrays the Vatican as a hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting."

ZebraRoadA zebra of a different color.

RoadBut wait: Brad Pitt says he and Angelina "still hoping for marriage equality in the States before we [get married.]"

RoadSan Francisco Board of Supervisors backs the naming of a Navy ship after Harvey Milk: "The non-binding resolution, approved 9-2, urges the Secretary of the Navy to christen a ship the U.S.S. Harvey Milk. It supports the request of San Diego Congressman Bob Filner, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee."

RoadJapanese designer invents wooden light bulb.

RoadRomney deceptively edits Obama's words in a new attack video about Bain Capital.

RoadSkin from heart attack patients transformed into beating heart cells: "The procedure may eventually help scores of people who survive heart attacks but are severely debilitated by damage to the organ. By creating new heart cells from a patient's own tissues, doctors avoid the risk of the cells being rejected by the immune system once they are transplanted."

RoadBarney Frank, Jared Polis fundraise in DC for Corey Johnson City Council race.

RoadHeart of Mine: Bee Gee Barry Gibb honors his brother Robin in new video.

SplcRoadAs graduation approaches, Southern Poverty Law Center salutes some of the LGBT students this year who stood up for their rights.

RoadCat doesn't want to go to the vet, and says so in no uncertain terms.

RoadZac Efron and his peach fuzz mustache head to Cannes.

RoadGay penguins in Madrid given egg to care for: "We wanted them to have something to stay together for - so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed."

RoadGallup: "Pro-choice" Americans at record low.

RoadKentucky pastor told congregation to vote out Obama: "Pastor Ronnie Spriggs of Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church said during a May 13 sermon that he wants Obama voted out of office because of the president's support of gay marriage. Spriggs said 'this country can't afford that kind of ideology.' Americans United for Separation of Church and State says Spriggs' comments violate a federal law that says tax-exempt churches should not oppose a candidate."

Road"Dark Side": Kelly Clarkson reveals single cover, performs on DWTS finale.

LifeRoadLIFE 1971: Early days in the gay rights movement.

RoadSt, Petersburg police say they'll investigate 'gay propaganda' in recent parade during which gays were targeted by rubber bullets.

RoadFormer Green Bay Packer Ahman Green talks about his gay brother and lesbian sister: "Green said he had found acceptance of gay people long ago. Born in Nebraska, he was raised in Los Angeles. He’d met many gay people in his youth, and that helped shape his perspective of other gay people."

RoadMick Jagger and Jerry Hall's daughter Georgia May Jagger to front Madonna and Lourdes' Material Girl clothing line.

RoadFukushima Reactor 4 poses massive global risk: "Reactor 4 -- and to a lesser extent Reactor 3 -- still hold large quantities of cooling waters surrounding spent nuclear fuel, all bound by a fragile concrete pool located 30 metres above the ground, and exposed to the elements. A magnitude 7 or 7.5 earthquake would likely fracture that pool, and disaster would ensue, says Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education who has visited the site. The 1,535 spent fuel rods would become exposed to the air and would likely catch fire, with the most-recently added fuel rods igniting first. The incredible heat generated from that blaze, Gundersen said, could then ignite the older fuel in the cooling pool, causing a massive oxygen-eating radiological fire that could not be extinguished with water."

Posted May. 23,2012 at 3:59 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (3)

Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Josh Homme Makes Infomercial for the Scissor Sisters: VIDEO


Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme wants to tell you about the new Scissor Sisters album, and he'll see you on the dance floor!


Posted May. 23,2012 at 3:17 PM EST by in Josh Homme, News, Scissor Sisters | Permalink | Comments (7)


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